Pals prepare to clock up the miles on Parkinson’s run

Jason Brannan on Stanage Edge
Jason Brannan on Stanage Edge

A keen runner from Sheffield is teaming up with his best friend to race almost 200 miles in aid of Parkinson’s disease research.

Jason Brannan, of Ecclesall, and his running partner Stuart Graver have signed up for a run which covers a mile for each of the 197 years since the degenerative brain condition was first discovered.

The inspiration for the challenge came after Stuart’s father was diagnosed with Parkinson’s three years ago.

Since then he has rapidly deteriorated, which Jason said has left those around him feeling upset and frustrated.

“The 197 challenge is about doing something positive to counteract these negative emotions whilst raising the profile of all aspects of the Parkinson’s community - sufferers, family members, carers and researchers” said Jason, communications director for Sheffield-based health consultancy Medilink.

“The goal is to raise as much money as possible and to raise awareness of Parkinson’s in all its manifestations.”

The pair chose to run the marathon in Norfolk in May as Stuart’s father Robin, 72, was born and grew up in the county.

The marathon will begin and end in Kings Lynn and the men aim to complete it in nine days, which works out at over 20 miles a day.

“I have completed 15 marathons before, but I’ve attempted to run 20 plus miles a day over a number of days,” Jason said.

“The challenge will be getting the pacing right and ensuring we recover well between runs. I’m very excited.”

Jason and Stuart have so far raised over £1,200, with their target set at £2,000.

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